Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix Without; lacking: blameless.
  • suffix Unable to act or be acted on in a specified way: dauntless.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix Lacking (something)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A privative adjective suffix, denoting without, destitute of, not having; as witless, childless, fatherless.

Etymologies

Middle English -lesse, from Old English -lēas, from lēas, without; see leu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English -lēas, from lēas ("devoid of"), from Proto-Germanic *lausaz. (Not related to less, which derives from *laisiz, *laisizô.) Cognate to German los, -los. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • However, the video for "Friday" was pulled off YouTube in June, leaving us "Friday"-less.

    First Listen: Rebecca Black Sticks It to Critics in "My Moment"

  • Within the civil service, 146, 256 staff took part in strike action -less than a third of the total, according to the Cabinet Office.

    Public sector strikes - Wednesday 30 November

  • Until Black's lawyers and Ark Music can reach a resolution over the song, we'll be "Friday"-less for a while.

    Rebecca Black's "Friday" Pulled From YouTube

  • The My Passport for Mac also has a 1 TB max capacity but does away with the display and FireWire in favor of the smallest footprint ever for an WD external drive -less than 3/4-inch thick-and is powered through the USB 2.0 port.

    Gizmodo

  • The kids in Finland are -less than 3 percent of them are in poverty.

    NPR Topics: News

  • With a rain-delayed extra-inning Game 4 of the American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers forcing its way into prime time on Fox, the other broadcast networks were able to take advantage of an "X Factor"-less Wednesday night of television the Rangers eventually won the game, 7-3.

    NYT > Home Page

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